At 2:20 pm, Opposition Leader Robert Corbin was on the floor as the debate on the 2009 Budget debate continued in the House of Assembly. Notably absent is the PNCR's shadow minister of finance, Winston Murray. Also absent at this time is the Minister of Finance, Dr. Ashni Singh.
Corbin is arguing the need for both sides to work together, noting that he has reached across the isle at the expense of his party's expense. We question Corbin's ability to work with the Government, givenhis failure to hold his party together by working with those who are opposed to his views.
At 2: 45 pm, Corbin admits that he is no economist. This is interesting since Murray, who sits next to him, is still not yet in the House. he said that there is no increase in the manufacturing sector estimated in the budget. Corbin also expresses concern about people acquiring funding to undertake housing expansion. Minister Ashni Singh has arrived in the House.
At 3:00 pm, Corbin said that the Budget will create increase public debt, which will burden future generations. He added that the Budget increases the tax burden on tax payers. Like the veteran debater he is, Corbin pointed out that page 24 of the 2008 Budget listed the construction of the Skeldon Sugar factor to be completed in 2008. "Failure," he shouted.
At 3:30 pm, Corbin still firing. The only thing that makes sense in the last 30 minutes since our last update, is the fact that the Budget does not provide enough funds for GECOM to complete the registration process to hold local government elections. Already we can see the holding of local government elections being put off again this year.
At 3:50 pm, Corbin concludes his contribution to the debate. Thank God